Kane Williamson fires New Zealand to T20 win over England

Kane Williamson fires New Zealand to T20 win over England

Kane Williamson (left) and Martin Guptill both scored fifties.

New Zealand recorded their first victory of the tri-nations Twenty20 global series on Tuesday as England lost by 12 runs in Wellington to remain winless. Chapman, now a dual global, became the first player born in Hong Kong to play for a full member side since Dermot Reeve's England debut in May 1991.

Alex Hales and Dawid Malan stabilised the innings with a 65-run partnership before Hales was caught by De Grandhomme at deep midwicket off the bowling of Ish Sodhi for a 24-ball 47, which included six boundaries and three sixes.

But the gamble backfired as the wicket held up and New Zealand's batsmen finally hit their stride after three straight T20 losses. This was their third defeat from three, meaning that, should New Zealand beat Australia in Auckland on Friday, the Kiwis will be through to face those same opponents in the final a week today.

Seamers Liam Plunkett and Mark Wood return to England's attack as the team looks to bounce back from two defeats to Australia in their opening matches of the series.

England stand-in captain Jos Buttler was gutted to have lost once again, and said: "[Performance with the ball?] "Maybe 10-15 too many, that proved to be the difference, the wicket played a lot better and it was a good game.

New Zealand took 62 from the last five, Williamson making Wood curse his earlier error even more by taking 17 off his penultimate over.

When they eventually saw the back of him at the end of the 18th over, yorked by Jordan for 72 (his first half-century in 10 innings), the platform had been set for the debutants Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert to share four sixes.

They got there without Colin de Grandhomme, whose effortless lofted drive first ball looked like six, but was instead plucked out of the air by a brilliant one-handed Jordan grab. We were just off with our skills and the wicket played better than everyone thought. We got plenty in the power play and there partnerships throughout.

"You can write what you like, that's fine", Williamson said. "Trent was outstanding at the death, but we knew it would be a challenge and the guys stepped up to the mark today".

'We had a fantastic start, Hales can rival anyone in the world when he's in that kind of form, ' Buttler, who made just two from four balls, said.

"We need a favour from Australia to beat New Zealand - we will see what happens".

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